by Sam Gayton
Illustrated by Alice Ratterree
In a city full of giants, can one tiny girl find her way home?
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  • ISBN: 9781561458066
  • Publication date: 08/01/2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Size: 6" x 8"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • Publication date: 10/01/2017
  • Page Count: 256
  • Size: 6" x 8"
  • Age Range: 8-12
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  • Publication date: 09/01/2016
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In a city full of giants, can one tiny girl find her way home?

She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing in a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput.

Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating and imaginative adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clock makers, and talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels through eighteenth-century London—over rooftops, down chimneys, and into chocolate shops—on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs…home.



Sam Gayton


Sam Gayton received a master’s degree in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Lilliput was his first book to be published in the U. S. He lives in England.


Alice Ratterree


Alice Ratterree’s work has been featured in greeting cards, children’s books, and original paintings and drawings. Also an accomplished classically trained singer, Alice has appeared as a soloist in opera, concert, and oratorial venues. She lives in South Carolina.


“Readers will hope for more from Sam Gayton and may well seek out Swift’s classic after reading Lily’s suspenseful, moving story.” ―Shelf Awareness, STARRED REVIEW

“Cliffhanger chapter endings and vibrant language should quickly ensnare readers of this suspenseful takeoff from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels… This literate romp through 18th-century London will have readers cheering Lily home.” ―Publishers Weekly

“This delightful adventure inspired by Gulliver’s Travels will appeal to budding fantasy readers – and position them for the source material later on.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This ‘sequel’ to Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is equal parts escape tale and philosophical exploration of freedom.” ―Booklist

“Readers who enjoy adventure and visiting new places will want to meet Lily.” ―School Library Journal


Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2015

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2016

Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing ―New York Public Library, 2015

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2016


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AR Level: 4.6
F&P: GRL S, Gr 4, Genre F
Lexile: 620L
Themes: Bravery, Friendship, Gulliver’s Travels, Ingenuity
BISAC 1: JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 3: JUV037000 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic

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